Sara Morris

University Libraries - University Libraries
Associate Content Development Librarian
Primary office:
Watson Library
Room 350
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045



Doctor of Philosophy, History, Purdue University

Master of Arts, History, Mississippi State University

Master of Library Science, Indiana University

Bachelor of Arts, History and Economics, both with Distinction , Mary Baldwin College

Selected Publications

Morris, S. E., & Presnell, J. (2019). Collection Development and the Historical Record: Are We Forgetting Monographs as Primary Sources? Collection Management, 44(2-4), 379-388. DOI://

Currie, L. & Sara, M. E. (2017). Maintaining Collections With a Flat Budget. Insights, 301, 47-52. DOI://

Presnell, J. & Morris, S. E. (2017). The Historical Newspaper Crisis: Discoverability, Access, Preservation, and the Future of the News Record. In IFLA International News Media Conference. In IFLA International News Media Conference

Ashmore, B. Morris, S. E., & Cantwell, L. (2016). From Scraps to Reams to Mobile Screens? An Update on Printing Services in Academic Libraries. College and Undergraduate Libraries , 23(1), 28-43. DOI:10.1080/10691316.2014.946168

Morris, S. E. (2016). Sources for the Researcher. In P. Riney-Kehrberg (Ed.), The Routledge History of Rural America (pp. 349-364). New York: Routledge .

Morris, S. E. (2016). To Stream or Not To Stream? New Library World, 117(7/8), 485-498. DOI:10.1108/NLW-03-2016-0021

Morris, S. E., & Currie, L. (2015). From Collection Development to Content Development: Organization and Staffing for the 21st Century. In 2014 Charleston Conference Proceedings In 2014 Charleston Conference Proceedings, (pp. 414-419). DOI:10.5703/1288284315594

Morris, S. E. (2015). Spreading Their Butter Too Thin: Land-Grant Libraries 1900-1940. In A. I. Marcus (Ed.), Science as Service: Establishing and Reformulating American Land-Grant Universities, 1865-1930 (pp. 239-267). University of Alabama Press.

Morris, S. E., & Currie, L. (2014). Remember Me?: Content Development in a User-Centered Services Library. Collection Management, 39(2-3), 96-109. DOI:10.1080/01462679.2014.891493

Morris, S. E. (2011). The Rural Electrification of Northeast Mississippi. Mississippi History Now

Morris, S. E. (2010). ‘Down in Tupelo Everybody Seems to be Feeling Grand’: Early Home Electrification Promotion in Northeast Mississippi. In E. Anne Payne, M. H. Swain, & M. Julian Spruill (Eds.), Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, Volume Two (pp. 192-210). Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Morris, S. E., & Del Bosque, D. (2010). Forgotten Resources: Subject Guides in the Era of Web 2.0. Technical Services Quarterly , 27(2 ), 178-193. DOI:10.1080/07317130903547592

Bejune, M. M., & Morris, S. E. (2010). The Development of the Virtual Notebook: A Wiki-Based Ready Reference Technology. Reference and Users Services Quarterly , 50(1 ), 27-34. DOI:10.5860/rusq.50n1.27

Emde, J. Morris, S. E., & Claassen-Wilson, M. (2009). Testing an Academic Library Website for Usability with Faculty and Graduate Students. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice , 4(4 ), 6-23. DOI:10.18438/B8TK7Q

Grimes, M. & Morris, S. E. (2006). Is Accuracy Everything? A Study of Two Serials Directories. Reference and User Services Quarterly , 46(2 ), 45-49. DOI:10.5860/rusq.46n2.45

Vizzier-Thaxton, Y. Cason, J. A., Cox, N. A., Morris, S. E., & Thaxton, J. P. (2003). The Decline of Academic Poultry Science in the United States of America. World’s Poultry Science Journal , 59, 303-313. DOI:10.1079/WPS20030018

Ashmore, B. & Morris, S. E. (2002). From Scraps to Reams: Printing Services in Academic Libraries. College and Research Libraries , 63(4 ), 342-352. DOI:10.5860/crl.63.4.342

Grimes, M. & Morris, S. E. (2001). A Comparison of Academic Libraries’ Webliographies. Internet Reference Services Quarterly , 5(4 ), 69-77. DOI:10.1300/J136v05n04_11

Morris, S. E., & Grimes, M. (1999). A Great Deal of Time and Effort: An Overview of Creating and Maintaining Internet-Based Subject Guides. Library Computing , 18(3 ), 213-216.

Selected Presentations

Presnell, J. & Morris, S. E. (04/27/2017 - 04/28/2017). The Historical Newspaper Crisis: Discoverability, Access, Preservation, and the Future of the News Record. IFLA International News Media Conference. Reykjavik, Icleand

Morris, S. E. (05/24/2018 - 05/26/2018). Betterton’s Barter Lady: The Aberrant Life of Evelyn Harris. Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting. St. Petersburg, Florida

Morris, S. E. (05/17/2018 - 05/19/2018). Effects of Feminism on Researching Rural Women. Rural Women’s Studies Association Triennial Conference. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

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